Danger Danger – ‘Revolve’
Released through Frontiers Records
Ted Poley – vocals
Steve West – drums
Bruno Ravel – bass
Rob Marchello - guitar
1.) “That’s What I’m Talking About” –The intro to this track consisted of Rob playing a very simple rhythm guitar riff. Underneath the rhythm riff Steve is playing the same rhythm on his snare and bass drum. The band used the same rhythm for the verse as the intro. The way the guys laid out the vocal arrangement for the lead vocals and backing harmonies of the pre-verse was lead vocal line/backing harmony/lead vocal/backing harmony…etc… The guys added a small vocal effect to the backing vocals. This was very reminiscent to the bands vocals on their freshman releases There are vocal rests laced within the lyric lines that lets the music bleed through. Rob changes the rhythm riff just a little for the pre-chorus to give it a different feel. He doesn’t even really change it just alters the original arrangement around a little. For the lyrical pre-chorus the band incorporated backing vocals in between the lead vocal lines leading into the chorus. Steve switched from a snare/tom-tom pattern to a standard hi-hat pattern for the musical pre-chorus. The chorus itself I honestly don’t think it mattered who was singing you would still be able to hear that huge D2 hook!!! There is a small keyboard effect leading connecting the first chorus with what actually would be a pre-pre-chorus. For this chorus the guys added a small vocal echo to Ted’s vocals. The lead guitar solo connects the second chorus with the breakdown section. After the breakdown there is a small musical rest that consisted of a lead vocal line over the top of it. The outro consisted of a repeat of the intro.
2.) “Ghost Of Love” – In many ways the intro to this track was very reminiscent to the intro for the Linkin Park song “Givin’ Up”. There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the last two measures of the intro leading into the musical verse. The band added a small keyboard arrangement underneath Ted’s vocals. As the verse progresses the band incorporates a rhythm guitar riff. There is a small minor lead lick along with a Steve Perry influenced vocal accent connecting the chorus with the second verse. There was a couple small lead guitar licks underneath the lead & backing vocals of the second pre-chorus & chorus. After the second chorus there is a drastic musical change for the breakdown section. This breakdown section leads into a blistering lead guitar solo. The third chorus consisted of only vocals and piano. There is a minor lead guitar solo that runs throughout the rest of the sound up to the last measure which is a repeat of the intro.
3.) “Killin’ Love” – This track opens with the effect of a needle being placed unto a vinyl record. Over the top of this effect a small keyboard arrangement kicks-in. This leads into a full band intro arrangement. Over the top of the main musical intro and leading into the musical verse there is a minor lead guitar solo. Every other lyric line Ted sings for the verse was echoed. This added a nice effect to his vocals. There is a small guitar effect connecting the verse with the pre-chorus. The chorus of the song was keep very simple. After the second chorus there is a small building musical bridge that leads to the lead guitar solo. After the lead guitar solo there is a small bridge that consisted of vocals and keyboards. Underneath the last chorus there is a minor lead guitar solo. After this last chorus there is a small keyboard arrangement solo section. When the band kicks back-in there are several small baby vocal effects. The outro consisted of keyboards and a baby laughing.
4.) “Hearts On The Highway” – This track opens with a lead vocal line. The musical arrangements along with the lead vocals for the verses are very reminiscent of the stuff the guys were writing for their second release titled ‘Screw It’. There was an arrangement change for the musical chorus. The backing harmonies of the chorus were amazing!!! There is a minor lead guitar solo underneath the second chorus. There is a breakdown section connecting the second chorus with the lead guitar solo.
5.) “Fugitive” – This ballad opens with an acoustic guitar. As the song progresses the guys incorporate a keyboard arrangement along with a string section. Every now and then you can hear what sounds to be a classical guitar bleeding through. There is a small musical rest that consisted of the sound of Ted drawing a breath in. It sounded like the guys used the same arrangement for the musical verse as the intro. There is a small musical rest connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. It is at this point when the band kicks-in. Rob double-tracked a very simple electric guitar riff to separate the verse from the chorus. Here is my only complaint, the song is screaming for a solo!!!
6.) “Keep On Keepin’ On” – Steve kicks this basic hard rock intro off with a snare/bass drum fill. There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the intro section. There is a small drum rhythm change connecting the intro with the musical verse. The guys keep the musical verse fairly basic. Underneath the lyric lines leading into the musical chorus there is a minor lead guitar solo. The guys do the same thing for the second verse & chorus. I have to say outside of the lead guitar solo the highlight of this track was the backing vocals.
7.) “Rocket To Your Heart” – The short intro of this track consists of a very strange guitar effect. I believe on the third lyric of the first lyric line Rob changes the rhythm guitar arrangement and sound the bass line also kicks-in at this time. There is a strange keyboard effect in between the first and second lyric line. On the fourth lyric line the band double tracked the guitar with the same rhythm arrangement as the intro arrangement. Underneath the musical pre-chorus Steve plays a very simple kick drum pattern. Steve and Bruno kick the chorus in. The vocals of the chorus have a huge hook to them. There is a small sampled drum pattern and almost breakdown measure connecting the second chorus with the third verse. Ted’s vocals on the third verse had an echo attached to them. This song is musically and vocally amazing!!!! The track has no solo and did not net one!!!
8.) “F.U.$” –This track opens with a very simple rhythm guitar riff over the top several keyboard chords. The main musical intro consisted of the entire band plus a small backing harmony. Rob changed the rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse. At times through the verse the song was very reminiscent of their early material. Rob double-tracked the guitar tracks with both an electric and acoustic guitar rhythm. In the way the guys have done the backing harmonies of the lyric lines where very reminiscent to some of their earlier material. I loved the choruses of this track!!!!! There is a small lead lick connecting the first chorus with the second verse. There is a lead guitar solo after the third chorus. Steve changes the bass drum pattern underneath the solo. The breakdown was very cool. There is a minor lead guitar solo underneath the last chorus of the outro section.
9.) “Beautiful Regret” –The intro to this track consisted of Rob playing a very classic eighties hard rock intro riff over the top of Steve playing a snare drum fill. As the guitar riff progresses it gets more intense causing Steve to add the tom-toms in. Rob plays a small rhythm guitar lick to connect the musical intro with the musical verse. The rhythm guitar for the musical verse had a much laid back feel to it. The guys incorporate a minor acoustic guitar arrangement underneath the electric rhythm and drum line. In a very odd way it is this acoustic guitar that ties the musical verse together. There is a small backing harmony section connecting the first verse with the first pre-chorus. The chorus vocally had a huge hook attached to it! There is a small lead riff connecting the second chorus with the third chorus. The lead guitar solo in sound and style was taken right out of the eighties. My only complaint was it was just a little short. After the fourth chorus there is a drastic music change for the breakdown. This breakdown section consisted of a piano arrangement over the top of an acoustic guitar. The lead vocal lines had a small echo attached to them. The way the guys brought the song back-in for the outro show why Steve & Bruno have been around for as long as they have!!
10.) “Never Give Up” –The intro to this track consists of two different keyboard arrangements along with a very simple acoustic guitar fill-in. There is a small musical rest that consisted of a very simple vocal line. For the musical verse there is a electric rhythm guitar arrangement. I loved the musical and lyrical build-up to the chorus. This possible could be the band’s best ballad!
11.) “Dirty Mind” – This track opens with a small guitar effect. The guitar riff of this intro was very reminiscent if not dead-on of ELO’s- “Do Ya”. The musical verse consisted of both the guitar effect & guitar riff. The rhythm change is not until the musical pre-chorus. The chorus of this song was kept very simple. There is a small lead guitar riff connecting the musical verse with the musical pre-chorus. The lead guitar solo is after the second chorus. There is a minor lead guitar solo that runs underneath the last chorus of the song.
The first time I heard the name Danger Danger was through a promo commercial on a local radio station for Andy Timmons and Danger Danger. We were driving to the mail at the time and my best friend half-drunkenly started screaming, “That’s the band I was telling you about”!..Looking back on it Thank God I didn’t run into the back of someone’s car!”…
So when I first received the email stating that Danger Danger had re-united with their original vocalist I must admit my first thought was, “what in the Hell are Steve & Bruno smoking”? This is not because I have anything against Ted Poley vocally or personally. Hell in fact I don’t even know the guy!
With ‘Revolve’ Bruno & Steve took the best musically of the Paul Laine stuff and mixed them in with the best of Ted Poley’s vocals creating what possibly could be the greatest Danger Danger album of all-time!!! It does not matter if you’re a Ted Poley or Paul Laine fan this will be a must have for all D2 fans!!!